Mary Crane was born and raised in Kensington, at the heart of the riding of Malpeque, where her ancestors, the Pendergasts and Deighans, have lived for six generations. She received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, an Honors Arts Degree from the University of Guelph, and is currently taking a part-time Masters of Literacy Education from Mount St. Vincent University.
Mary and her husband, Mel, a veterinarian, raise Simmental cattle near Kensington, where their four children are now the fifth generation to be raised in the Pendergast family homestead. Mary spent 12 years primarily at home with young children and worked as a substitute teacher and free-lance writer. Returning to full time teaching in 1989, Mary has volunteered with many student groups such as Drama, Youth Parliament, Model UN, Free the Children in addition to working on several education committees. One of these committees was to develop the language arts curriculum for the four Atlantic provinces, and afterwards, Mary co-authored the Grade 10 Language Arts text, Sightlines 10, now in use in several provinces across Canada.
Mary has worked on many different projects within the community. To help young Islanders experience the world, she has led groups of up to 40 students on March Break educational tours of Europe for the past ten years. Mary has served on many committees: East Prince Business Development Centre, the Ministerial Steering Committee for restructuring of the Arts on PEI, St. Mary's Church Restoration Committee, and has been church organist for over 20 years. Mary has founded and developed a summer classical music event, The Indian River Festival, which has become well-known across Canada and the world. She has received several awards for her community work, including Motivator of the Year (2001) from Festival and Events PEI, and the Queen's Jubilee Medal (2002) for community work.
Actively involved in the Malpeque community all of her life, Mary loves reading, travelling and enjoying PEI's north shore beaches during the summer.
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